Thursday, June 19, 2014

Finding My Fitness Groove

My winter fitness level was like many things in the winter months...dormant.  Besides swim lessons, a few times pedaling away on the exercise bike, and a walk here and there, I spent most of my free time catching up on must-see tv (ha!) and movies. 

Now that summer is almost here, and the heat and humidity are out in full force, it's time to get back in that fitness groove.  Lately, I've been getting some good walking mileage in around town, doing anywhere from 3-5 miles at a time and trying to get in at least 3 to 4 days of walking a week. 

Today, I did a little walk/run circuit on the treadmill for 37 minutes and found my running legs again, if only for a little bit.  I am contemplating doing a race or two this year so it felt good to get in some running without feeling like I'm going to collapse.  Of course, running on a treadmill in air conditioning is much nicer than in humid conditions, it still works for me!

My biggest hurdle is going to be weight training.  I know how important weight training is for optimal fitness goals, and will really help in the long run with cardio as well, I just hate it.  Weights bore me and I can't seem to stick with them for more than 10-15 minutes.  I'm thinking maybe a video or a gym class may be the best option to start with to get some good ideas and keep me involved long enough to see results. There's always Crossfit...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello 2014!

No 2013 recap from this girl...although there were a sprinkling of good times in 2013, it was not one of my better years so we'll let it fade off into the distance and move onward and upward (I hope)!  In true Crystal fashion, I have some goals that I hope to achieve this year.  Here's some of what is on my agenda for this year, some small things and big ticket items as well.

                   2014 Goals
  1. Complete 100 push-up challenge
  2. Personal Trainer certification
  3. Visit the Sears Tower skybox
  4. Visit 2 new breweries
  5. Get a pedicure
  6. Lose 50 pounds
  7. 30 days of running
  8. Plan a weekend trip - Key West or Charleston
  9. Donate blood at least twice
  10. See a play or musical
  11. Visit Crowder Mountain State Park
  12. Go ziplining
  13. Get a road ID - completed
  14. Daily photo project for one month
  15. Host a small dinner party
  16. Recreate 5 pins from Pinterest
  17. Say yes to more things
  18. Try something new
  19. Cook at least one new recipe a month
  20. Run a half marathon
So that should keep me busy!  There are a few other things I have listed as bonus items or projects I'd like to complete but all in good time! I plan on also continuing with some monthly goals as well.  Here's to a happy, healthy, and productive 2014!